Assistant Director & Entrepreneur-in-Residence

UCLA – Los Angeles, CA

The Assistant Director & Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) works under the supervision of the Executive Director, Entrepreneurial Programs, to provide entrepreneurial experience and administrative support for a year-round Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars program and a 10-week Summer Accelerator program, as well as newly created initiatives under Startup UCLA.

As a self-starter and a team player, the Assistant Director-EIR is highly committed with a can do and no job is too big, no job is too small responsive problem-solving work attitude. The Assistant Director-EIR will be action oriented with the ability to execute from idea to implementation with and without direction from the Executive Director. The Assistant Director-EIR will take on specific projects as the program s agenda evolves to support Startup UCLA s mission in cultivating UCLA s entrepreneurship ecosystem.

The Assistant Director-EIR is evaluated annually for contract renewal. The position is being funded by a Blackstone LaunchPad grant for 3 years.

Programs under Startup UCLA:
1. Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars (year-round)
The Assistant Director-EIR s primary responsibilities include providing invaluable venture consulting and referral services for student, alumni, faculty, and staff entrepreneurs for year-round program.

Leads and coordinates Blackstone LaunchPad venture consulting efforts, including team of venture consultants. Provides guidance and best practices to venture consultants to meet the real-time needs of UCLA entrepreneurs.

The Assistant Director-EIR collaborates with the Executive Director and other team members identifying, recruiting, and developing mentors, speakers, and content experts capable of supporting student, alumni, faculty, and staff entrepreneurs.

Based on a case management approach, assess needs of ventures and create programming to aid the development of ventures. Conduct workshops for ventures on specific startup topics.

In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Assistant Director-EIR develops internal and external campus partnerships to broaden the program s outreach while increasing the program s entrepreneurship resources.

The Assistant Director-EIR may be interfacing with the Startup UCLA Advisory Board and Blackstone LaunchPad Stewardship Council, mentors, donors, and partners with regard to ongoing sustainability efforts.

Along with all team members, the Assistant Director-EIR interfaces with the UCLA on-campus community, the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars staff and global network, other universities and educational entrepreneurial programs, and the Los Angeles entrepreneurship community to meet the goals of Startup UCLA and fulfill the expectations set forth by the grant.

2. Summer Accelerator (10 weeks)
As Assistant Director-EIR, responsibilities include working in collaboration with the Director of the Summer Accelerator during the 10-week program, providing Blackstone LaunchPad venture consulting to the Summer Accelerator teams, and connecting them with further resources as needed to facilitate their development.

Percentage of Time:

Shift Start:
10:00 am

Shift End:
6:30 pm

Qualifications for Position




1. Excellent organizational, multitasking skills and problem solving skills to facilitate and coordinate planning efforts from idea conception through implementation. High level of initiative and energy.


2. Demonstrated skill and ability in managing programs, projects and activities as demonstrated by creating ideas, determining procedures or courses of action, selecting methods and implementation and prioritizing program objectives and tasks.


3. Demonstrated ability to work effectively, efficiently and independently, following through on assignments with minimal direction and supervision, with the ability to make independent judgments and/or decisions and to discern when action of a higher level is required. High degree of professionalism.


4. Demonstrated proficiency in Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, email and other web-based systems to manage, access, analyze, and format data for a variety of interior and exterior purposes.


5. Demonstrated ability in evaluating data to inform and support iterative decision making processes. (ALL)


6. Skill in communicating (verbally, electronically, written form) to convey accurate and timely information to individuals at various organizational levels; ability to effectively represent the needs/views of Startup UCLA to campus administration, other university administrators, the public, efficiently, with tact and diplomacy.


7. Excellent interpersonal skills with strong ability to establish rapport, foster and maintain effective working relationships with students, alumni, faculty, staff, donors, campus units, mentors, the public, and other referral sources in the entrepreneurial, corporate, and non-profit communities and of various social, cultural and educational backgrounds.


8. Demonstrated skill in maintaining confidentially and with a high-level of personal integrity, discretion, diplomacy, honesty, and professional maturity. Be a role model for students using the Bruin Code of Conduct values.


9. Demonstrated experience in planning and producing events.


10. Demonstrated experience in creating programming for student ventures, including developing and presenting startup specific workshops and scheduling entrepreneur, technical, and investor talks.


11. Supervisory skills to train, delegate, direct, lead, and monitor the work of others.


12. Skill in working as part of a team, utilizing networks effectively, handling sensitive situations, and collaborating with a variety of individuals on a variety of levels. Demonstrated ability to work as an effective and cooperative team member with the ability to be flexible and creative when collaborating with other team members.


13. Skill in speaking effectively and clearly conveying information on a one-on-one basis and in large group settings to persons of various cultural and academic backgrounds. (ALL) Required


14. Ability to be trained in the venture consulting approach used in Blackstone LaunchPad program. Use the Blackstone LaunchPad venture consulting approach when consulting with ventures.


15. Proven success working with university students. Ability to build rapport quickly with students.


16. Demonstrated experience in coaching, mentoring, and advising early-stage entrepreneurs regarding how to develop their startup ideas.


17. Experience as an entrepreneur.


18. Ability to be flexible and comfortable with changes as the program evolves.


19. Must be able to maintain a regular full-time schedule and on-time attendance. Must have ability to work evenings and weekends as required. Must have the ability to travel as required.


20. Must be able to lift 25 lbs. Must have transportation to off-campus events. Must have transportation and ability to pick up materials, food, and supplies for the Blackstone LaunchPad and Summer Accelerator programs.


21. Experience with working effectively on a university campus with students, faculty, staff, administration, and programs.


22. Experience as a business advisor, mentor, or investor.


23. Relationships with the innovation and/or entrepreneurial community.


24. Experience in a product management role.


25. Bachelor s degree (BA/BS) required; graduate degree highly preferred.


26. Bachelor s degree (BA/BS)


27. Experience in social enterprise, non-profit, and philanthropy sections


Additional Posting Information

Bargaining Unit:
99-Policy Covered

Application Deadline:

External Posting Date:

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